A review I totally stole from Pimp My Protein Shake, a blog I go to for inspiration and motivation and recipes. I share this, because I asked her to review CLICK, because, I'm still obsessed. My review is here.
Source - Pimp My Protein Shake
"My first taste test was just water, ice and Click. Very tasty with a strong espresso flavor and it didn’t need additional sweetener. However, it was ice crystal city so then I added more water and my standard guar gum/xanthan gum medley with a metric ton more ice to amplify the shake volume but by then it was so diluted that it needed more sweetener, but it still had a coffee kick to it.
Downsides to this product? Well, depends on what your goals are.
1. It is sweetened with fructose, which is not an ideal exercise recovery sugar since it’s metabolized by the liver rather than taken directly into the muscles to refuel muscular glycogen. (I’m putting on my sexy librarian-by-day reading glasses now.) Then again, this product isn’t necessarily geared toward crazy weightlifting athlete geeks like me. It also contains maltodextrin, which normally isn’t a great sugar for your body, but during/post workout it is metabolized quickly, delivering glucose where it needs to go.
2. It has a higher carbohydrate to protein ratio than I usually like. It contains 12g carbs to 15g protein which works as a refueling drink or peri-workout snack but not something I would normally drink out of the workout window since I supplement with shakes, rather than use them as meal replacements. HOWEVER, its protein is calcium caseinate rather than whey isolate, which is a slower releasing protein than whey and not absorbed immediately into the muscles, again not ideal as a post-workout recovery, but good for a slow releasing, sustaining protein. Another note about caseinate is that it’s not appropriate for those on a casein free diet.
Upsides? It tastes really good with a no holds barred, not ashamed of strong coffee, no apologies kind of attitude. Their site also has a recipe for a hot Click drink. That might be a delicious afternoon upgrade with a low glycemic cookie while chatting over coffee with a girlfriend.
As far as protein shake ingredients go, these are fairly benign. Nothing too creepy and it has a fair amount of added vitamins. It is sweetened with fructose and sucralose (generic Splenda). It also has no artificial flavors or colors (artificial sweetener, yes, but I still use Splenda in addition to stevia).
That said, I had a big ol’ glass of Click after spinning and yoga yesterday with a plate of low glycemic nachos (R.W. Garcia Spicy Flax & Soy chips, fat free cheese, veggies and salsa. FYI – fat free cheese is a travesty. Why do I buy this stuff?) I do love the espresso flavor of Click. Since a serving is two scoops, I think I’m going to add one scoop of Click and one scoop of my basic vanilla whey protein powder to shakes this week for a low-glycemic cappuccino shake. Keep in mind that this does contain real coffee and caffeine. I seemed to have forgotten that since I followed my Click shake with a strong cup of afternoon coffee which led to a bout of extremely anxious but energetic vacuuming. My floors are grateful.
Like I said, cleaning my bathroom in a single bound, it happens.